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The Google+ Cover Photo Default View Changes Again!
In March this year, Google+ rolled out huge new cover images for the social network. When a user landed on someone's profile or page, only around the bottom two-thirds of it was displayed. Now, following another update - and the introduction of a refreshed new feed, auto photo editing and other features, the Google+ cover photo has changed again - not in size, it seems, but another change to how it is displayed.
As you can see in the image above, when someone lands on your Google+ page, pretty much all of your cover photo (except the bit hidden behind the default grey overlay containing your profile photo and page name) is hidden.
To see the cover photo at all, users have to scroll up. Many brands are already voicing their disappointment at this design change, as it means the visual impact of their branding is all-but lost on a viewer's initial visit to their Google+ page. Whether Google will listen and make a u-turn on their decision is anyone's guess, but for now all we can do is adapt with them.
The New Google+ Cover Photo Template
So here is it, my new Google+ cover photo template for May 2013. Since nearly all of the design is hidden by default, you now have an even bigger area to emphasise your branding in the hope that someone will scroll up to see it! The green area represents the grey overlay at the bottom of the cover photo - don't put anything important to your design in this area.
Download the Google+ Cover Photo Template
This Google+ template (and several others for all the biggest social networks - expertly measured, simple to use, and up-to-date) is available instantly as a downloadable zip file via the purchase link above. For more information on all my social media templates, click here.
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Do you like the new Google+ cover photo design? Let me know in the comments below!
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Google has just announced via +Sara McKinley, that it is rolling out new features for Google + Pages and profiles. The most obvious change is to cover photos, which are now much bigger!
Google Plus Cover Photo Size
The new size of Google Plus cover photos is an image that is up to 2120px by 1192px. The "up to" bit mrans that the smallest size your cover photo can be (so that it displays on all devices) is 480 x 720 pixels, but that the largest image possible is recommended to suit everything from smartphones to massive HD televisions.
The new Google Plus cover photo dimensions are exactly the same as the full size of the new YouTube one channel size, which is also 2120 X 1192.
The official word reads:
"Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16x9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine."
New Google Plus Profile Photo
The Google Plus profile image has been changed from a square to a circle.
When there is more information about these image changes, I'll post them here and design a free template for you too. What are your first thoughts? Do you like the new Google Plus cover photos or do you prefer the old one?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Macarthy is the author of the #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, 500 Social Media Marketing Tips.